Natural Grocers Organic Breakfast Chia Pudding, Three Ways: Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana, Cherry Matcha, and Blueberry Coconut Cream

Once a staple in Mayan and Aztec diets, chia seeds have stood the test of time and remain a popular superfood today. These tiny seeds have gelatinous properties, so when they meet liquid they gel! Due to this neat trick, you can use chia as a base for a delicious pudding loaded with good4u nutrients. Here are three flavorful versions to help shake up your breakfast routine.

2 per flavor
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana
1 cup Natural Grocers Brand Organic Coconut Milk, divided
2 teaspoons Natural Grocers Brand Organic Grade A Dark Maple Syrup
4 tablespoons Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Peanut Butter Powder
1⁄4 cup Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Chia Seeds, divided
2 tablespoons Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Cocoa Powder
1⁄2 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
1 organic banana
  Organic Cacao Nibs, optional
  Organic Coconut Flakes, optional
  Organic Peanut Splits or other nut pieces, optional
Cherry Matcha
1 cup Natural Grocers Brand Organic Coconut Milk
2 teaspoons Natural Grocers Brand Organic Grade A Dark Maple Syrup
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
1 1⁄2 teaspoons organic matcha powder
1⁄4 cup Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Chia Seeds
1 cup frozen organic cherries, defrosted with juice, divided
  Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Slivered Almonds, optional
  Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic French Vanilla Almond Granola, optional
Blueberry Coconut Cream
1⁄2 cup Natural Grocers Brand Organic Frozen Blueberries, defrosted with juice
1 (5.5-ounce) can Natural Grocers Brand Organic Coconut Cream
1⁄2 of an organic banana
1 1⁄8 teaspoons organic vanilla extract
1⁄4 teaspoon Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Cardamom
1 cup Natural Grocers Brand Organic Coconut Milk
3 teaspoons Natural Grocers Brand Organic Grade A Dark Maple Syrup , divided
1⁄4 cup Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Chia Seeds
  Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Coconut Flakes, optional
  Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Dried Fruit of Choice, optional
  Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Wild Blueberry Flax Granola, optional

For Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana:

  1. In a small bowl, add ½ cup coconut milk, maple syrup, peanut butter powder, and 1/8 cup chia seeds. Mix well, cover, and leave for 20 minutes or until it begins to set to a pudding-like consistency.
  2. In another small bowl, add the remaining coconut milk, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and remaining chia seeds. Mix well, cover, and leave for 20 minutes or until it begins to set to a pudding-like consistency.
  3. While the puddings set, slice the banana.
  4. Evenly divide the two puddings between two small mason jars, layering half of the chocolate chia, half of the peanut butter chia, and half of the sliced banana into each jar. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours. Add the toppings just before serving.

For Cherry Matcha:

  1. In a medium bowl, add the coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, matcha powder, and chia seeds. Mix well, cover, and leave for 20 minutes or until it begins to set to a pudding-like consistency.
  2. Evenly divide the pudding between two small mason jars, layering half of the matcha chia and a ½ cup of cherries and juice into each jar. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours. Add the toppings just before serving.

For Blueberry Coconut Cream:

  1. Place a colander over a medium bowl. Pour the blueberries into the colander to separate them from their juice. Take ¼ cup of blueberry juice and add it to a blender. Add the blueberries to the bowl with any remaining juice.
  2. Add the coconut cream, banana, 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract, and cardamom to the blender with the blueberry juice. Blend until fully combined and smooth. Place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes or until starting to set.
  3. In a medium bowl, add the coconut milk, maple syrup, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and chia seeds. Mix well, cover, and leave for 20 minutes or until it begins to set to a pudding-like consistency.
  4. Evenly divide the blueberries and their juice between two small mason jars, add half of the chia pudding to each jar, and top with the blueberry coconut cream. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours. Add the toppings just before serving.

Quick-and-easy method:

  1. For each version, except for the Blueberry Coconut Cream, divide the ingredients evenly between two small mason jars. Secure with a lid and shake vigorously until well mixed.
  2. Refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours. Add the toppings just before serving.
  3. For the Blueberry Coconut Cream: Make the coconut cream separately as instructed, cover, and refrigerate. Follow the remaining “quick-and-easy method” for the rest of the ingredients and add the Blueberry Coconut Cream and toppings just before serving.